Hi all,

Hope you've been well! We are stoked to announce that we have just released v3.1.0 of the Commons Android app with WLM integration, and it is available in alpha (closed) testing. 

The reason for closed testing is to allow organizers to test the app before the start of the competition, and also for us to get bug reports ahead of time. The closed alpha version includes testing-related conveniences that aren't available in publicly-accessible versions, most notably allowing WLM uploads before 1 September (with test templates so as not to clutter the actual WLM uploads).

We hope to release the public beta by 1 September, just in time for the start of the competition, if all goes well.

For more information on how to access closed alpha testing, as well as implementation details, screenshots, FAQ, etc, please view https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Mobile_app/WLM_release .

On that page, we will also be taking requests for countries that want to have their Wikidata property added, or countries that want to opt out of in-app WLM uploads. Please post your request by 3 September if possible, so that we can release an app update with them within the first week of the competition.

Thank you all for taking this journey with us; we hope to be able to help bring new participants to the competition, or at the very least to provide a solid foundation for future WLM mobile implementations to build upon.

Best regards,
Josephine / @misaochan (Commons app project lead)